Witch Hazel Uses For Better Natural Skin Care May 04 2014, 0 Comments

Despite the name, witch hazel isn't an ingredient for casting a magic spell although the effects of this shrub almost defy reason. Witch hazel is a very versatile plant whose oil has historically been used to heal damaged skin, close pores, relieve irritation and heal sores. Here are a few quasi-magical uses for witch hazel -- one of my all-time favorite cosmetic plants and a key ingredient in several of Sydelle Cosmetics' products. 

  1. Make Acne Disappear
    Witch hazel is very good for the reduction of visible acne. The application of witch hazel can reduce inflammation of pimples and other breakouts. Witch hazel is high in a substance called, tanin, a natural astringent that removes dirt and tightens pores. Two other compounds that occur naturally in the plant -- resin and procyanadin may also help reduce the swelling or inflammation that surrounds pimples.
  2. Rash Relief
    Application of witch hazel can work magic on all types of rashes. It will help sooth and heal diaper rashes, it can also help with the itching and swelling of rashes from things like poison oak and poison ivy. In some instances it can even help with bug bites.
  3. Bruise Be-Gone
    Applying witch hazel to a bruise three times a day will help it to heal faster. This also applies to under-eye bruises. Bruises develop when small blood vessels under the skin tear or rupture, most often from a bump or fall. Blood leaks into tissues under the skin and causes the black-and-blue color. Witch hazel helps blood vessels contract quickly and prevents additional blood from spilling out into the tissue surrounding damaged blood vessels. 
  4. Skin Rejuvenation
    Witch Hazel cleanses and tightens pores and helps treat varicose veins which gives skin an overall smoother, more vibrant appearance. Witch hazel is also gentle enough to be used on the face. just make sure that any products you use on your face with witch hazel are alcohol-free as alcohol can counteract some of the soothing benefits of witch hazel and actually increase redness and irritation.